When it’s hot outside, but you have to drive, the only thing that makes it bearable is knowing you can crank up the air conditioning. Thank goodness for that blast of cool air, making its way around your car, helping everyone keep their cool even on the hottest days.
Your A/C system needs to be maintained just like other parts of your car in order to work well and to avoid putting excess strain on your car. Here are some tips for keeping your car’s air conditioning working right:
- Change the “Cabin Filter.”
The heating and cooling system draws air from a vent that first runs through the Cabin Filter. If the filter hasn’t been replaced, sometimes in as little as 10,000 miles, it can become clogged, causing your system to work harder than it should. You’ll notice the air conditioner’s power diminishes – it just can’t make it through all of the grime! If you frequently drive on the highway or on dirt roads, your Cabin Filter will get dirty, sooner. Once your Cabin Filter is replaced and is no longer clogged, you’ll notice the cool air volume increases, with better pressure and with less strain on your car.
- Decrease the need for intense air conditioning
- Don’t block the front of the vehicle, creating a barrier for the grill. That prevents the car from pulling in air, stressing the system.
- The hotter your car is, the harder and longer it will take for the air conditioner to cool it down. So, to make your air conditioner work more efficiently and quickly, start with a cooler car by parking it in the shade or garage whenever possible, cracking a window and avoid buying a black car with black interior which absorbs heat.
- Don’t push it
- If your radiator isn’t working properly, it will take longer for your car to cool down – or it might not even cool down at all! If you suspect your radiator or car’s cooling system isn’t working properly, running the air conditioner anyway will only escalate the problem. Contact us quickly to make an appointment so we can get it fixed for you.